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Early Childhood Education Reporter
Mariana Dale covers early childhood education for KPCC. She'd previously reported for KJZZ, the public radio station in Phoenix since 2016, where she most recently focused on education.
While at KJZZ, Mariana helped found the engagement reporting project, Q&AZ which led her to answer questions about everything from the history of Japanese internment to saguaro cacti.
Mariana has a strong belief in the power of engaged journalism.
“Connecting with the community at every step makes for better journalism," she said. "I’m excited about the opportunity to focus my attention on a beat that has the potential to improve the lives of Southern California families and caregivers.”
Mariana was born and raised in Arizona and has worked at papers and radio stations in Tucson and Phoenix. She’s also a member of the Next Generation Radio family, and loves “talking about media with the youths!”
Stories by Mariana Dale
California Child Care Spaces Have Been Disappearing For Years. The Pandemic Is Making It Even Harder To Survive
More than 3,000 California child care providers have permanently shut down during the pandemic, but that’s not the only thing we have to worry about.
Child care providers are next on the list in Los Angeles County, Orange County and Pasadena. But there’s still a lot of uncertainty about procedures.
Kindred Space LA is part of an effort to reverse decades of health disparities for women of color at their new community funded birthing center.
Kids who don’t have all the words to express their frustrations tend to act out instead. If you’re a parent or caregiver of a kid 5 and under, we want to hear about your experiences.
Parents, caregivers and teachers of young children can call 213-443-0165 to get help navigating virtual learning, tantrums, anxiety and whatever else is on their mind.
California Budget Proposal Expands Transitional Kindergarten, But Does Little To Support Child Care Industry In Crisis
One proposal: tap cannabis tax revenue to fund child-care vouchers for low-income families.
Confusion, unrest, fear, uncertainty… It’s a lot, so we reached out to LA-based therapist for tips on how to make sense of a senseless event.
California funneled most of the money from the first coronavirus stimulus bill into subsidies for providers, vouchers for child care and waiving fees for low-income families.
Thousands Of California Child Care Providers Have Closed. A New Child Care Union Aims To Save The Rest
It took two decades for the union to organize -- and now it has to save its members from the ravages of the pandemic.
Only a small fraction of daycares have had outbreaks, but even one confirmed case can close a classroom or family child care home for weeks.
It’ll cost the state an additional $2 billion to $12 billion to overhaul California’s early childhood system and there aren’t many details on where that money will come from. In the words of one child advocate, “Great roadmap, but now let's show us the money.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitions to expand and improve California for young children and their families are outlined and explained in a new Master Plan for Early Learning and Care.
What does it take to ship 912 miniature elephants in the mail? Determined teachers and a little creativity.
The state is spending $5 million to reshape child care and early childhood education in California. If you have ideas the time is running out to share them.
Child Care Can Help LA Families Financially Survive The Pandemic, But It's Still Unavailable For Many
Three reasons: many early education programs are located on shuttered school campuses, staff themselves are struggling to find child care and public health guidelines limit class sizes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.